• mindy kaling on parenting
    Babies and Toddlers
    3 Tips for Negotiating With Toddlers Inspired by Mindy Kaling
    We all know toddlers are a strange species. They are temperamental, erratic, and emotionally unstable. At this age they become far more cognitively aware of their needs and how they manage in relation to their environment and their caretakers; ho...
    Brittany McCabe
  • mom and son playing water table activity
    Babies and Toddlers
    15 Water Table Ideas for Toddlers
    Water tables can be a parent’s new best friend when you’re looking for ways to entertain your toddler this summer. They provide little ones with an opportunity to be outside and stay engaged. They can cool off while also learning and experim...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Little Tikes Tunnel and Dome Climber
    Best Toys
    Top 10 New Outdoor Toys for Summer
    It's time to stock up on summer toys for your kids! Check out these fun new summer toys and games that are sure to be a hit for yard and beach playtime.  Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to makin...
    Erin Dower
  • Best essential oils for babies
    Babies and Toddlers
    Essential Oils for Babies: Safety + How to Use Them
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the i...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • mother and baby hugging
    Babies and Toddlers
    Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility
    Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Lea...
    Suzie Marschhausen
  • Gender Neutral Parenting
    Kids
    This Is How One Parent Raises Their Gender-Neutral Child
    Editor's Note: This is the first installment in our series on gender-neutral parenting. You can also read our second piece, Some Parents Are Bucking the Gender-Neutral Trend. Here's Why. Recently, a stranger referred to Anastasia Fujii's AMAB (a...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • How to Pack a Diaper Bag
    Babies
    The Ultimate Guide to Packing a Diaper Bag
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  • A young mother breastfeeding her toddler
    Babies and Toddlers
    Toddler Breastfeeding: 4 Tips to Help You Wean With Ease
    If it's right for you and your toddler, extended breastfeeding can have many benefits for you both. According to the Mayo Clinic, breastfeeding supplies your growing child with just the right levels proteins, carbohydrates, fats and enzymes, as w...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Indoor activities
    Entertainment and Activities
    The Top 5 Indoor Activities for Toddlers
    Fall is here, and the weather is getting dodgier by the day. Before you know it, cool nights will give way to cooler days, then rain and snow. No longer will you be able to throw open the back door and let your little one run free, or take a jaun...
    Laurie Mega
  • Introducing Cereal to Infants
    Starting Solids
    When Should You Introduce Cereal to Your Infant?
    It's hard to know when your baby is ready for cereals and other solid foods. We got a doctor to weigh in on exactly when to start solids. ...
  • Advice for New Parents
    Babies and Toddlers
    The Ultimate List of Advice for New Moms According to Experienced Parents
    They say that hindsight is 20/20 and, when it comes to parenting, that can be true. Experienced moms and grandmothers share their advice for new parents and what they wish they could tell themselves now. More: How To Stay Social When You're a Ne...
    Laura Richards
  • How to wean your baby from the bottle
    Weaning
    5 Tips for How to Wean Your Baby from the Bottle or Breast
    How to wean your baby is a hot topic among moms, but what's the best way to do it? There are two important factors to consider when weaning from the bottle or breast: your baby's nutritional needs and their emotional needs. More: The Best Foods...
    Laura Richards
  • Having twins has its sweet moments and its challenges
    Twins
    Having Twins: A Day in the Life of Mom
    I will never forget the day my husband went back to work after I had twins. Our boys were preemies and were in the NICU for a while. When they were released, life went back to normal. Wait, no, not normal. Normal went out the window, especially ...
    Laura Richards
  • two babies playing in the playroom
    Activities for Babies
    It's Playtime, Baby! 12 Simple Developmental Activities to Try with Your Tot
    Stumped on ideas for how to play with your baby? These fun and easy activities help stimulate your infant's development — and bring on some adorable smiles and giggles. And remember, much of your baby's learning in her first year will happen na...
    Erin Dower
  • Nursing Mom Using Breastfeeding Pillow
    Babies and Toddlers
    7 Must-Have Breastfeeding Supplies for Nursing Moms
    Congratulations on making the decision to breastfeed your new baby. Not only can breast milk help prevent your baby from developing illnesses later in life, but it also contains the exact proportions of protein, fat, sugar, and water that your ba...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Preventing Meltdowns Little Girl Crying on Chair
    Babies and Toddlers
    6 Strategies to Help Prevent Meltdowns and Tantrums
    This past week I took my two-year-old to Dunkin Donuts for his favorite treat, a chocolate frosted donut. We had spent the morning at the library with my sister-in-law and her son (who is also 2). Since they played nicely, we decided to reward th...
  • Baby Walking on Hardwood Floor
    Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing Your Rental Home or Apartment: Special Circumstances to Consider
    If you’re like most new parents, you’ve been thinking about that all-important babyproofing to-do list from the moment you brought your new baby home. You may be prepped and ready to go with dozens of electrical-outlet covers and baby gates, ...
    Libby McMillan Henson